People come to Zen for many reasons. Some want to relieve stress and improve their emotional and physical well-being. Some seek out Zen as an aid to enhance mental concentration. Sometimes attending Zen practice fulfills a school assignment, and sometimes there is just a curiosity that needs to be met. All of these reasons are important.

Ultimately, however, Zen practice offers a way for each of us to understand ourselves and this world very deeply. From this place of understanding it is possible to respond with wisdom and compassion to all that we encounter.

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Everyone is welcome to attend Thursday evening practice. An orientation is provided to all newcomers with a more extensive introduction to Zen offered the first Thursday of each month.

If you are coming for the first time, we encourage you to arrive 5-10 minutes before practice begins and to bring any questions you might have. Following practice you'll have an opportunity to get to know other members of our group as we serve refreshments and take some time to socialize.


The Isthmus Zen Community has changed locations.
We now practice Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Quarry Arts building (715 Hill St., room 170). Please see the Contact Us page for directions.